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Learn to Read Art: A History of Printed Matter
September 6 - November 1, 2008
Opening Friday, September 5 at 8pm (in conjunction with SWARM, a celebration of artist-run culture)


Talk: AA Bronson, curator of Learn to Read Art
Saturday, September 6, 2008
3pm at Artspeak


Learn to Read Art: A History of Printed Matter
features a selection of Printed Matter's archives of artist books and editions from 1976 to the present, curated by AA Bronson. The archive features work by John Baldessari, Liam Gillick, Rodney Graham, Martin Kippenberger, Rita McBride, Yoko Ono, Martha Rosler, Lawrence Weiner and numerous others.

Printed Matter, based in New York, is the largest non-profit organization dedicated to the examination and interrogation of the changing role of artists' publications in the landscape of contemporary art. Founded in 1976 by a collective of artists and art workers, it is recognized as an essential voice in the increasingly diversified art world conversations and debates.

Like Printed Matter, Artspeak was founded by artists and writers, and has a 22-year history of its own artist publications and editions.
Learn to Read Art: A History of Printed Matter is an opportunity to cohort with an important like-minded organization, furthering the dialogue around artists' publications and editions in Vancouver and beyond.

AA Bronson
is a New York based artist, curator, healer and writer. He is currently Executive Director of Printed Matter and the NY Art Book Fair. In 1969 he founded General Idea with Felix Partz and Jorge Zontal; they lived and worked together for 25 years, founding FILE Magazine and Art Metropole, and exhibiting internationally. Since 1994 AA has had a solo practice, including solo exhibitions at Vienna Secession; The Power Plant, Toronto; Whitney and Montreal Biennials; MCA Chicago, and The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver.


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Lawrence Weiner, Learn to Read Art, 1991
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Christian Kliegel: ONSITE
September 6, 2008 to September, 2010
Opening Friday September 5, 2008 at 8pm (in conjunction with SWARM, a celebration of artist-run culture)

Christian Kliegel's ONSITE transforms Artspeak's functionality and aesthetic in response to the shift to devote Artspeak's onsite space to publication, edition and archival projects. At once an art and architecture project, Kliegel has worked with Artspeak to create a dynamic, multi-layered and multi-functional environment that will be used as a bookstore, display space and event venue. Kliegel has interwoven the imagined uses of the space into a malleable series of grids and surfaces that will adapt to the rotating projects and events occupying the space over the next two years.

Christian Kliegel is a Vancouver based artist currently completing a degree in architecture at the University of British Columbia. Recent exhibitions of Kliegel's work include PPPPFFFFFHHHHHHHHHHHHGGG at Helen Pitt Gallery, Vancouver and Production Postings, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver.

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Christian Kliegel, ONSITE (preliminary drawing), 2008
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